Ah, look who decided to rear their inescapable-but-entirely-necessary head: it’s the UK’s (seemingly never-ending…) third lockdown! And, of course, with the country’s third lockdown comes your inevitable and downright unavoidable third list of things to do while in isolation and stuck at home! Hoorah!
Now, we don’t know about you, but our list is beginning to look a little repetitive: it turns out that there really might be a limit to how many times you can re-watch Bridgerton…! We think it’s time to refresh our list of things to do while in self-isolation, and as we begin to turn our attention to what Spring might bring, there’s no better time to give some new things a try.
Still not ready to give up on some old pastimes in favour of some new ones? That’s completely understandable! However, if you’re looking for a couple of ways to simply take your ‘Lockdown 1.0’ hobbies to the next level, here are a few fresh takes on some old-school things to do while isolation:
1) The Great Isolation Bake Off
We’ve all been there: you bake one loaf of banana bread and you convince yourself you’re Mary Berry. But there’s only so many sweet treats you can bake, post to Instagram, and promptly inhale before you begin to question your life choices/‘loaf’ choices! We’ll get our coats…
Anyway, stave off your baking boredom by switching up your recipes regularly, and baking with a purpose! Birthdays and thank you gifts are perfect excuses for flaunting your new-found pie-prowess. Video call your friends and family, have a good time, and flex your baking muscles. To avoid bake-off burnout, try limiting the amount you bake a week and fill that time with one of our new suggestions instead?
2) At-Home Workouts
Exercise releases endorphins left, right, and centre. This is absolutely fantastic for both your physical and mental health, not to mention your emotional wellbeing. However, although Joe Wicks is lovely to look at, home workouts day in and day out can get a little exhausting and repetitive to say the least.
It’s a good thing that Youtube is only the beginning when it comes to getting in your daily stretches from the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of apps and services that are dedicated to getting you fit in the most fun ways possible.
Workout services such as Peloton and Shreddy offer a wide range of free and paid content to help you become healthier. Working on a subscription-style basis, these apps are fantastic for switching up your routine. Download them today on the app store of your choosing!
3) Netflix Binge
A good Netflix binge never hurt anybody, right? Right! Of course, this is one of the more obvious things to do while in isolation!
So what if you started watching a series on Friday night and didn’t realise that you hadn’t moved until Monday morning? So what if you only started watching Bridgerton to watch Regé-Jean Page, and now you’re actually invested in the plot and stuck down a deep IMDB-shaped hole? It’s your isolation, and you can watch whatever (and whomever) you like!
However, if you fancy getting your giggle on and distracting yourself from the reality of the outside world, now is the perfect time to start watching (mostly) lighthearted comedy shows such as The Good Place, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and if you’re in for the long-haul, The Office (US). The last one has only recently been added to UK Netflix in its entirety. You’re welcome, in advance.
If you’re still tired of all the above and want to broaden your horizons a little more (from the comfort of your own home, of course!), there are still plenty of pandemic pastimes to stop you from getting bored. Here are our top 5 out-of-the-box ideas and things to do while in isolation:
Our Top 5 Fresh Ideas And Things To Do While in Isolation
1) Create Goals That Are Both Positive And Attainable
Over the last year, we’ve had a lot of time to ourselves. Spending all of this time in isolation has given us somewhat of a mixed bag, especially when it comes to our mental health, and how we feel we should be feeling. Sometimes, you’ve just got to ‘Marie Kondo’ your mindset and declutter.
By creating goals for yourself that you have a high chance of actually accomplishing will do wonders for not only your mental health but your confidence as well. Goals are supposed to motivate you, not overwhelm you. So, taking the time to check in with yourself and your emotions, being kind to yourself, and recognising what your body wants are all fantastic goals you could choose to focus on.
2) Be Both Photographer And Model In A Photoshoot
The great thing about being stuck in self-isolation is that there is absolutely no one around to make you feel self-conscious about getting ready, posing an obscene amount, and taking photo upon photo of yourself looking gorgeous. Everyone needs the opportunity to dress up and feel pretty right now, even if it’s just for you (and your social media feed!).
3) Discover Your Family’s Past Online
With websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past, finding out about your family’s past has genuinely never been simpler. And with both of these sites offering month-long free trials, there’s no better time than the present to roll up your sleeves and really get stuck into uncovering your family history. It’s a great way to stay connected to your past, and you never know what might come up!
4) Use Your Voice And Start Your Own Blog
If you’ve got a computer, an internet connection, and something you want to say, then there is absolutely no reason for you to not start a blog! If you’re looking for inspiration for what to write (or are simply curious!) we recommend you peruse our blogs and news articles from us here at Alexandra House. Here’s a top tip from us to you: write about something you’re passionate about, and you’ll be on the right track.
5) Listen To Interesting And Hilarious Podcasts
One of the best things to do while in isolation is podcasts! Podcasts are all the rage nowadays: if you’re not avidly listening to them, you’ve definitely considered starting your own at one time or another! Podcasts are fantastic, especially if you’re wanting to multitask. If you want, stick on a podcast and combine listening to it with any other activity you’ve wanted to try.
However, if you want to dedicate some solid time to get into a podcast: take yourself for a long walk, run a hot bath, or simply stick your headphones on and lie on the sofa in the living room and immerse yourself into the world of podcasts! For laughs and advice you shouldn’t take too seriously, the show My Brother My Brother And Me might be right up your street, however, shows like My Favourite Murder are better for those who like their podcasts a little more serious.
Things To Do While In Isolation Conclusion
There are plenty of things you can do while in isolation, and believe us when we say: the fun doesn’t just stop at the end of this list! Just to remind you, here is the definitive top 5 list that we’ve compiled of fun and out-of-the-box things to do whilst isolating:
- Create Goals That Are Both Positive And Attainable
- Be Both Photographer And Model In A Photoshoot
- Discover Your Family’s Past Online
- Use Your Voice And Start Your Own Blog
- Listen To Interesting And Hilarious Podcasts
If you’re in the Swindon area, and you’re looking for things to do, you should take a look at our local activity list at Alexandra House. All of these suggestions are compliant with current COVID-19 government guidelines, and all are a lot of fun to do whether you’re taking part on your own or with your household.